(October 4, 2017) Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Chapter today unveiled a new home on Breton Street in Whitney Pier to a Nova Scotia Partner Family. Jason and Ann McLean, and their four children were presented with the keys to their home as volunteers, sponsors and supporters looked on.
Among the generous supporters of this Habitat home in Whitney Pier was the Province of Nova Scotia through Housing Nova Scotia, which provides Habitat Nova Scotia a grant per home built in the province. On hand to help celebrate the event was Dan McDougall, CEO of Housing Nova Scotia. Mr. MacDougall, along with Adrian Wilson, Chair of Habitat’s Cape Breton Chapter, had the honour of presenting the keys to the family as they entered their completed home for the first time.
I am blown away by the business community and volunteers, and how everyone stepped up to help build this house,” said Adrian Wilson, Chair of the Cape Breton Chapter. “The spirit with which this house was built is truly amazing – a lot of friendships were made here. Our hope is that this home will be a safe refuge for the McLean’s for years to come.”
Families for Habitat for Humanity homes are selected on the basis of need, their ability to repay a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage, and their commitment to volunteer 500 hours of sweat equity toward their home and community.
“We’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time at the build site which gave us the chance to meet and work alongside volunteers from the community, who were strangers before this started. Now they’re part of our extended family,” explains Jason, Habitat’s Whitney Pier Partner Family.
“Watching our community come together to help us build our house, is something I couldn’t imagine,” says Ann. “It’s a bit hard to describe — it gives me butterflies when I think about it. This house is going to give our children a better chance at living a successful life and I have these incredible people to thank for that.”
“We all recognize the growing need for safe, healthy, affordable homes here in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Bill MacAvoy, Chair of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors. “We believe our organization is uniquely qualified to be a bigger part of the solution to this need. Our homeownership program is a proven model, here, across Canada, and around the world. We help families help themselves. With the help of our volunteers, we help families create a strong foundation for their children and their future. Strong, stable homes build strong, stable communities.”